Tap Into Transformation, September



This month’s theme:

September 2, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
At the Viriditas Studio, 4939 N. Broadway, Unit 65
Boulder, CO 80304

Inspired by the powerful rhythms of the Rio Olympics and Brazilian salsa music, we invite you to join us this month as we dance to the rhythms in our souls and express the beats of our spirits.

We will teach you tap steps.

Join husband and wife tap dancers Jeannine Goode-Allen and David Sharp in their gorgeous and inspiring Viriditas Studio.

Flying_high_To Reserve Tickets:
1-­888-­612-­8189 or online at: www.viriditasllc.com

$25.00 At the door
$20.00 Online or phone reservation
$5.00 Discount for students

Ticket includes dinner

Power For Life Now, August newsletter

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!

cloud headThis month’s Tap Into Transformation was about breathing out. It is what summer vacation is all about. But sometimes even on vacation we don’t relax, what with all the running around many do in order to see the sites and take in the tourist attractions. Jeannine and I took the theme of Breathing Out and used the song “Sigh” by world artist Praful. It is a beautiful instrumental that musically communicates what it feels like to truly breathe out deeply… and relax.

We had our participants stretch out their muscles first… take deep breaths, and slowly release. We used the tap sounds to tap into those places we need to breathe out in our minds, hearts, souls… and body! After a meal together, which is another way to breathe out in community, we took our time and drew pictures of what it feels like to relax and let go for a while our responsibilities, jobs, duties, issues, worries… and just BE. It was a beautiful experience that I think will stay with us all for some time.

August also brought a wonderful experience of African music our way. Or, I should say we went to go experience it – in Oregon, of all places! Jeannine and I attended ZIMFEST, a weekend of Zimbabwean music. It was held at Western Oregon University. wou - 3

We took classes, listened to concerts and communed with the teachers, students and participants who came to play, learn and share the joy of the Zimbabwean people. Jeannine’s marimba group, Titandare, played in an afternoon concert. CLICK HERE to listen.

I took a Hosho Class. It may look like a simple instrument to play, but can be as complex as you want it, depending on your hearing ability to pick up rhythms and make them so that it fits with what is played by the other musicians.

I learned the process of making these amazing instruments. It takes weeks and months. The gourds have to be picked, dried (which takes many weeks), scooped out, dipped, filled, etc. before they are ready to become part of the music-making world. I took to the instrument so well (kind of tap dancing with the hands) that Jeannine surprised me by gifting me with some as part of our fourth anniversary celebration, which happened to be in the same week.

Being in Oregon was truly wonderful gift. The Oregon coast is gorgeous! We drove from Cannon Beach to Newport. Here are a couple of pics for your enjoyment.


Wherever your summer has taken you… even if you had a Stay-cation, I hope you have had the opportunity to breathe out some.

And as always,

May you have Power For Life Now!



Wise Guy

wisdom 2Someone called me a wise man recently. It was a childhood friend who was introducing me to someone. It felt strange to be called a wise man, though I am 60 years old and hope I have at least some wisdom. But I don’t think of myself as a wise man. I do think of myself as a man who seeks to be wise; so, why wouldn’t I, at some point become a wise man or at least think I may be?

Probably because I can point out any number of mistakes; current and past; and because I know there are more to come. Probably because I have been in situations where another needed help and I had no clue what to say or do. Probably because I never feel like I know enough. Maybe I am wise but am not wise enough to know I’m wise. Maybe it’s not wise to think of oneself as a wise man… you know, what with pride and all.

I think of myself as lots of other things, and even know that I am those things, including being smart. But wisdom is an achievement beyond mere smarts. Even geniuses are not wise just because they are super smart. And children can exhibit great wisdom though they have relatively little life experience.

So where does wisdom come from?

Wisdom comes from God as a gift of grace. It engages knowledge to a certain extent but surpasses it. It is said that Solomon was the wisest man in the world. When God asked him what he wanted, he said he wanted wisdom. God responded that because he asked for wisdom before anything else, all else would come.

Wisdom waits for us to call upon insight from the divine world.

wisdom pic 1It is hearing spiritual guidance and following it. It involves trusting God’s revelation within us. Wisdom goes beyond calculating mere facts and possibilities. It accesses vision that is deep and expansive. It sees eternal truths and applies them to immediate circumstances.

Wisdom can come from anyone who is willing to see beyond the mere surface of things. And it can come in the form of humor, the arts, or personal life experience shared in conversation. I have taken to collecting bits of wisdom found in the witty sayings that come through my own mother. They are contained in Annie Ruth’s Truths, which are folk humor and witty comments that often lend themselves to deep truths. You can find some of them here on the website. My father, a minister, shared wisdom in a more serious manner. His Sunday sermons were well thought out and shared with deep caring and gravitas.

I find that when I do say something one might call wise, I am grateful. Gratitude is the proper response to wisdom. That, along with humility keeps the door open for more to come through.

However we grow in wisdom, and however much we grow, I am reminded of my grandmother’s saying about maturity and transformation… “I’m not what I want to be. I’m not what I ought to be. But thank God, I’m not what I was!”

Now that is a wise thing to say.

May you have Power For Life Now!

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, August

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.



Fermented fruit, Sipped and savored
Like love… made with time, passion and patience


Annie Ruth & David Sharp
Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”


Annie Ruth… answering a friend’s query as to how she is doing: I’m fine as wine
and really on the ball…
No windows and no doors
just a hole in the wall.

(Now, the first two lines are easily understood. But the meaning of the last two lines? Your guess is as good as mine.)